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December 7, 2013, 7:55 AM

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Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Google could launch ‘Nexus TV’ Android set-top next year, says report  —  Google isn't giving up its living room ambitions.  The company is said to be working on a “Nexus TV” device that will run Android, stream video from services like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube, and play a selection of video games.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Smooth operators: why phone companies don't fight the NSA  —  Will AT&T and Verizon ever push back against NSA surveillance?  Don't bet on it  —  Last week, the New York Times unearthed a troubling twist to the endless stream of bad surveillance news.  Not only is AT&T handing …
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Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Teardown estimates Moto G components cost $123, leaving a profit margin of less than 5%  —  Google Squeezes Margins on Moto G Phone  —  A ‘Teardown’ of $199 Device Pegs Component Costs at $123  —  Google Inc. 's Motorola unit is selling its new Moto G smartphone at starkly thinner profit margins …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
T-Mobile Taps MetroPCS' Spectrum to Boost LTE Network Speeds  —  T-Mobile has started rolling out higher-speed LTE service by tapping the airwaves it acquired as part of its MetroPCS acquisition.  —  Just before Thanksgiving, T-Mobile quietly turned on the faster service in parts of North Dallas.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Yahoo acquires live concert streaming platform Evntlive  —  Redwood City-Calif. based live concert streaming platform Evntlive has been acquired by Yahoo.  Evntlive announced the acquisition on its website Friday, stating that the service will be discontinued, and that the Evntlive team will join Yahoo Video.
Bethany McLean / Vanity Fair:
Is Marissa Mayer Helping Yahoo - or Hurting the Struggling Tech Giant?  —  As one of Google's highest-ranking women, Marissa Mayer became a Silicon Valley superstar, but inside the search giant her dazzle sometimes wore thin, with colleagues rebelling against her imperious style.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google says 91.4% of non-spam emails sent to Gmail users are now authenticated using antiphishing standards  —  Google today declared that after almost a decade of fighting phishing emails, the Internet-wide efforts are finally paying off.  The company revealed that 91.4 percent …
Computerworld:
Microsoft ends Windows 7 retail sales  —  Microsoft has quietly ended retail sales of Windows 7, according to a notice on its website.  —  The company's policies for shutting off sales to retailers and shipping licenses to OEMS (original equipment manufacturers) are posted on its site …
Andrea Chang / Los Angeles Times:
Members of hacker group Anonymous plead guilty in PayPal cyber attack  —  Thirteen members of hacker group Anonymous have pleaded guilty to charges related to their involvement in a 2010 cyber attack of PayPal, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Too many startups are now building poorly differentiated messaging apps  —  Overrun With Messaging Apps  —  Because I'll install almost any app on my iPhone just to take a look, I've got a jam-packed folder called “messaging apps” that's now five pages deep.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Benchmark raises $425 million for new fund  —  Sand Hill Road stalwart closes eighth fund.  —  FORTUNE — Silicon Valley venture capital firm Benchmark has raised $425 million for its eighth fund, according to an SEC filing.  —  This is the same size as Benchmark's prior fund, raised in 2011 …
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